A crucial element of today's smart home is security. Smart door locks are available from a wide range of companies, including industry veterans like Yale, and startups like Level Home. All of these locks perform in a similar way, adding smartness to your external doors via a connect to your smartphone and the internet.
Once installed, smart locks can be set to unlock as your approach (based on the proximity of your smartphone). Many can also be controlled by speaking to a voice assistant like Alexa, and they also work with smart home ecosystems like Google Home and Apple HomeKit.
A common feature is also how smart locks can still be used with your existing key. Prices vary from just under $100 to over $300, depending on features and design. Some are fairly large, while others are much more compact and can be bought in a range of finishes to match your door.
Here are 12 options of smart lock to consider in 2020:
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
At $279, this smart lock from August works with all three major voice assistants
When you want to have full control of your front door no matter where you are, the $279 August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is trackable, sharable, and super secure. Paired with their smartphone app as well as the ability to connect with all three major voice assistant devices, this smart lock, which GearBrain reviewed, is easy to use and exceptional in its security. It'll lock after you leave and let you in upon return. Works with your single-cylinder deadbolt and installs in an instant.
Level BoltThe Level Lock invisibly makes your door smarter Level Home
Created by former Apple engineers, the Level Bolt (formerly known as Level Lock) is a great option if you are invested in Apple's HomeKit smart home ecosystem. Also in the Level Lock's favor is how it takes up very little space and looks like a regular lock. The battery even slots into the lock mechanism itself, making this a near-invisible option.
GearBrain reviewed the Level Bolt earlier in 2020 and gave it 4/5 stars. We liked how it lets you keep the lock of your existing lock and how easy it was to install. However, at $229 we found it quite expensive, and it is limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, meaning it isn't a lock for those who use Alexa, Google Home, or other smart home systems. That said, it can also be controlled in isolation using the Level app for iPhone and Android.
Level TouchLevel Home announces Level Touch, a new advanced smart lock Level Home
Another option from Level Home is the new Level Touch, which was announced in August 2020. This also boasts a compact design that does a good job of hiding its technology, while also being touch-sensitive.
The lock keeps your existing key and can be used like any other lock that isn't integrated with the handle. You can use your existing key, or enter by touching the lock (and having your iPhone nearby), with a voice command, or with the included programmable keycard. The Level Touch is available in a range of finishes to match your door handle, but carries a high price of $329.
As with the Level Lock, the Touch only integrates with HomeKit, but can also be controlled using the Level app for iPhone and Android.
Wyze Smart Lock
The Wyze Smart Lock is priced at $99.99
Wyze has a habit of undercutting the competition with its products, and its first smart lock is no different, with a price of $99.99. Although not as subtle as options from Level Home, August and others, the Wyze Smart Lock has many of the same features as its rivals, but at a much lower price.
These features include door position detection, so the lock knows if the door has been left ajar, as well as if it is locked or not. There's also voice control via Amazon Alexa, with Google Assistant support coming soon, and the design of the lock means you can continue to use your existing key. Remote access is via the Wyze smartphone app (iOS and Android), and access can be granted (and revoked) to more users remotely, via the app. Zigbee support is also included, and Wyze sells an optional keypad for $19.99.
Danalock V3 Smart Lock
This smart lock from Danalock can be programmed to lock the door behind you.
With access from afar, auto-unlock, and monitoring via app, Danalock V3 Smart Lock is a wireless smart lock, one GearBrain reviewed, priced about $230, which you can program from your smartphone and grant access to others you trust. When you step inside your home, program Danalock to lock the door behind you, so you never forget to protect your home and everything in it. A sleek design and smart functionality makes Danalock adaptable and elegant.
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
The Schlage Sense smart lock can be picked up for about $166
A smart deadbolt means your home's security is in your control. Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt works with an app or with the sensible touchscreen to offer more protection than a basic deadbolt could ever provide. Manage settings, access, and more as you monitor your doorway from your smartphone with this smart lock, which GearBrain reviewed. Add the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter and connect to your home network in no time. No keys, no problem with this smart lock, which you can pick up for about $166 from retailers.
Yale Real Living Assure Lock
This lock from Yale includes a touchscreen keypad, and works with Z-Wave
A touchscreen keypad and smart home compatibility make Yale Real Living Assure Lock a breeze, free of keys and full of peace of mind. The lock, which GearBrain reviewed, runs about $220, and is ideal for families as you can share access with a big family and even friends, creating private pin codes for entry when you're not around. Upgrade with a Yale Network Module and connect with your home alarm system for a second layer of security. Control your lock from anywhere and know your home is in good hands.
Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt
The Schlage Encode smart lock comes in four different styles
Lock your home with the strength of a deadbolt paired with modern technology accessible from your smartphone. The Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt, priced at many retailers at $250, is convenient with one-touch locking, shared access if desired, and built-in Wi-Fi for superior security and a constant connection. The lock works with the newly updated Schlage Home app — which lets you pair the device to Google Assistant devices — and snaps into your door in seconds. Pair with Key by Amazon and Alexa and use voice control to unlock or lock from anywhere, plus there are four different styles to work with your home's design.
Lockly Secure Pro
The Lockly Secure Pro, which can pre-ordered, has a deadbolt or latch built into the smart lock
Now available via pre-order, the $330 Lockly Secure Pro is designed for a deadbolt or latch and claims to provide the "highest level of security available on the market today," the company states. Control with your smartphone and access from anywhere with its PIN Genie Technology. Wireless door sensors also know when your door is left ajar, sending you the status, to keep you safer. Pair with Alexa for voice control capabilities you can count on when you need it.
Kwikset Halo is available soon, which comes with up to 250 user code, plus one master code
The Kwikset Halo Wi-Fi enabled smart lock is advanced and easy to use — no smart home hub is required, only a Wi-Fi router and smartphone. Monitor from anywhere and get alerts whenever your door is opened without your knowledge. Using either the touchscreen or keypad, you can enter up to 250 user codes and a master code to override them all for the utmost protection. Six finishes allow for style paired with safety.
Kevo Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Smart Lock
You can operate the Kevo Touch-to-Open smart lock with just one finger
With Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone simplicity, the $229 Kevo Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Smart Lock is an easy way to eliminate worry about your home's protection. One touch is all it takes to get in and out, so no more clunky keys, only ease. The app will alert you about activity, keep tabs on others' access, and auto-lock so you'll never second guess your safety.
Nest x Yale
The Nest x Yale smart lock works with Google Assistant, opening the door with just your voice
Nest and Yale have combined their strengths to create a deadbolt key-free smart lock that makes sense. Connect to the Nest app and use the power of voice control with Google Assistant, and the Nest x Yale will be your home's safety measure made modern. Use your app to let anyone in from anywhere, create passcodes for trusted friends and family, and get alerts when someone's at your door, no matter where you're located. Check your lock's status at any time and live worry-free 24/7. This $249 smart lock connects via your Wi-Fi for convenience.
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